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Nationalism and Imperialism

Theme (1): Nationalism and the Nation-state in France, Italy, and Germany (Chapter 24 of McKay-Hill)
What is nationalism? What is the nation? What is the nation-state? Compare the nation with the family? with the tribe? Contrast the nation with an empire. What are some of the different forms which a nation can take? How does nationalism and the nation-state fit into the political culture of 19th and 20th century Europe? Nationalism
What is the nature of the Second Empire in France under Napoleon III? Why is it successful? How does it differ from the old regime? What causes its downfall? See Nationalism above
How does the unification of Italy occur? What is the role of Piedmont; of Cavour; of Mazzini; of Garibaldi; of Prussia---- in the unification of Italy? See above
How does the unification of Germany occur? What is the role of Prussia; of Bismarck; of Austria; of Schleswig-Holstein; of the Ems Dispatch; of France in the unification of Germany? What is the effect upon Europe of the unification of Germany? See above

Theme (2): Nationalism and the nation-state in Russia and in the United States (Chapter 25)
How did the Crimean War influence Russian leaders? How did the Russian leadership seek to modernize Russia and what difficulties did they have? What did the emancipation of the serfs accomplish? What other reforms were undertaken? What were the accomplishments of the effort to modernize?  Russia
What were the fundamental reasons why the Civil War occurred in the United States? How was slavery related to the war and to the industrial develpment of the United States? What did the outcome of the war demonstrate about American nationalism?  United States

Theme (3): European Imperialism in the 19th Century (Chapter 25)
To what extent had European Powers established colonies by the early 19th century? Which European nation had the largest colonial empire and why? What had been the motivations of European imperialism? What was the status of European colonialism in Latin America? Imperialism
How did the course of European imperialism change by the late 19th century? Who were the major powers involved? What areas of the non-European world were colonized? with what effect? How had the motivations for imperialism changed? See Imperialism above
What were the reasons why Europeans were able to easily dominate large areas of the non-European world in the late 19th century? How did Europeans explain and understand their imperialism among themselves? How extensive was racism and anti-semitism in late 19th century Europe? Racism
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